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EOS-M / Re: 4 weeks in South East Asia with the EOS M as 2nd Body
« on: September 11, 2013, 06:51:32 AM »
I am up to ~1500 shots with my EOS-M but haven't run into the issues you describe.  I think the primary reason is that I turn the M off when I am not using it.  It actually turns on and off pretty quickly.  Given the procedures you are describing of having to check settings routinely, I think it may be similar amounts of time to turn off/on rather than worrying about your settings.

Fairly obvious answer, you probably already have a reason you aren't doing that.

BTW, I own both the 18-55 and the 22 mm lenses.  The 22 mm is definitely smaller but the 18-55 is small enough.  I've walked around with it around my neck or simply traveled with it in a small case.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Leads in Sensor Tech
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:24:03 AM »
There are so many different directions to go with this thread....First, I think the dual pixel was a great advancement for the consumer/prosumer level 70D.  But, I am not sure the 70D was the target for developing the dual pixel system, but rather the EOS-M series cameras.  Canon will likely drop the dual pixel system into the next generation of M to improve AF and have a potentially very nice second offering into the mirrorless market.

I don't see video as the growth market that others seem to think.  Consumer and professional level video camcorders have been around for decades.  Affordable video cameras at least 20 years.  That was a defined, mature market.  The "growth" that Canon experienced was stealing away users from that market, both professional and consumer, so that they could have stills and HD video from one unit....and also use Canon's lens system.   

As for stills...this isn't scientific, but everyone I know that is into image capture (video or stills) is primarily into stills.  This goes from age 10 to age 70.  Not only are they into stills, but almost no one cares for video.  I am not really sure why, but it just seems people (that I know) prefer stills.  For someone like Canon to ignore stills would be like (to stick to the car analogy from earlier) an automobile maker ignoring the family sedan.  Sure, it may not be the "growth" but it is still a very significant market.

Finally, regarding Canon moving onto new sensor tech because their current sensor tech is 10 years old....I hope they do.  I would love more DR (as long as they still have good contrast).  I would love the best sensor tech possible.  But often, companies stay with what works until they find themselves in a competitive disadvantage or a new technology comes along.  I hope Nikon/Sony has put Canon at enough of a competitive disadvantage so that Canon improves their tech, but given the sales numbers, I am not sure that is the case.  Going back to the automotive industry comparisons....anyone ever look under the hood of their car?  At the core engine?  Sure there are add-ons and turbochargers/etc..but most car makers core engine has been the same for decades...that is...until something new came along...like hybrids.

So, I am not holding my breath for new sensor tech from Canon.  They do have to figure out how to get people to upgrade from the 5DIII to 5DIV and 1DX to 1DXII.  But that is 2-3 years down the road.  Sure the 7DII may (or may not) come out sometime in the next year...but Canon could easily drop a slightly improved sensor into it, give it the 1DX/5DIII AF and 10-12 fps and call it good.  Granted, I am hoping for new sensor tech  ;)

Site Information / Re: Banning ankorwatt
« on: September 04, 2013, 06:45:42 AM »
I wouldn't call Ankorwatt a troll.  He was more of a zeolot.       

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: August 30, 2013, 04:51:25 PM »
You all remember that the 70D is a consumer level, maybe prosumer level,camera body right?  We aren't talking about the 1DX or 1DXII.  I can understand that you are wanting improvement in Canon's sensor tech...but did you really expect improvement in DR, which to me is a "higher end" feature, in a consumer level product?

For a consumer level product, I actually think Canon nailed the sensor improvement.  Give the masses better AF during video while still having great stills!  So the masses don't need to buy a camcorder and a dSLR, they can just buy the 70D. 

To me, Canon nailed the improvement that matches the market for this body.

For those of you that are arguing, were you ever going to buy a 70D?  Going with the car analogy from a page or two ago, this is like Acura owners complaining about the horsepower in the latest Honda Civic.  You were never going to buy one and you are not the target market.....

Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 29, 2013, 11:29:54 AM »
A new big white for the masses please.  This could be a couple of different forms---100-400L, 400 mm f/5.6 IS or a 500 mm f/5.6 IS (that one may cost, say $3-5k, but with great optics, I'd buy it)

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: August 29, 2013, 08:43:42 AM »
Not as clean as D7100 even @iso100 :o :o

Yet I look at those two images, and I prefer the one from the 70D.   :o :o

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: August 29, 2013, 06:26:05 AM »
Dxo threads are the BEST read on this forum.

I know....when I see one coming...I stop reading...go pop a big bowl full of popcorn...find a bunch of Milk Duds and come back to finish reading.....


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Big Sigma Primes [CR2]
« on: August 25, 2013, 09:19:27 PM »
....a friend has their 150-500.  I'll take the 100-400L over it any day.  But, if they get the quality up...I can see myself buying my first Sigma lens....Either a 500 or 600 f/4 (or f/5.6) or a zoom that maxes out at 500 f/5.6....

EOS-M / Re: Mount EF, EF-S or L lens on EOS-M --- Your thought???
« on: August 25, 2013, 08:49:40 PM »
I do hope that canon introduces a few more EF-M lenses, and a few more bodies...just to make the line sustainable.  But, I honestly don't know if I will buy anything more. I have the EOS-M, 18-55, the 22/2 and the 90 EX.  The M is my go anywhere camera, either because of its size or because if it gets stolen, I am only out a few hundred dollars instead of a few thousand.  Other than that, it is a back up body to my 5DIII when on serious trips.  That is it.  So, I really have little intention to buy more EF-M lenses and keeping up with current models.  I can only see me upgrading the body if there is some significant advances.

But Canon needs to have people who make the EOS-M their primary camera system.  That is just not me.  It is a back-up/secondary system for me.

Lenses / Re: Recommended lenses for travel to Central America
« on: August 24, 2013, 07:51:09 PM »
I've traveled to Costa Rica twice now.  Amazing area.  My most used lens was the 100-400L.  As Neuro says, it isn't just for wildlife, but the wildlife isn't just birds, but monkeys, sloths, deer, raccoons, and a lot of other things.  And, if you see a toucan (I've seen 4) or a macaw in the wild, aren't you going to want a picture? 

I would recommend the 24-70 II, a 400 mm or greater telephoto lens, a good tripod, and a P&S.  I have also used my macro lens for frogs, but you could get by with the other lenses.  I've brought UWA lenses before but they hardly saw any use.   Perhaps where you are going it will be different.

One more thing, you'll be fighting for light in the forests those tree canopies do not let much light hit the ground.  ISO 6400 is common. 

Congrats on the wedding....and the trip....  :)

Forgot image resource. They have a direct comparison at the bottom of the review:

Sorry to hear that you had to return your D600.

There was a great thread by Dustin Abbott on why he chose the 6D over the 5DIII.  I made a different choice and went with the 5DIII.  So I can't specifically talk about the 6D.  I can say the 5DIII IQ is great, more than I need, and from what I've seen the 6D might be minutely better.

Here is the thread:

The review over at TDP (my favorite site):

Roger Cicala/Lensrentals.com on why he bought the 6D for his personal camera:

Finally, the flickr 6D group:

Lenses / Re: Chances of EF-S 17-55/10-22 replacements w/ 7dmk2?
« on: August 22, 2013, 02:16:51 PM »
I'd take a look at the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8.  .

When I shot with my 7D, I used the 15-85.  Loved the combination.  I bought the 10-22 and while impressed, I found that 15 mm was typically wide enough for me and my style of shooting, so I hardly ever used the 10-22.

Regarding your question, other than looking at the sigma, all I can say, make the best decision you can with the gear that is available at the time of your decision and do not look back.  You can spend years waiting on rumors and in that time think of the countless shots you missed.

EOS-M / Re: Some EOS M Information [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2013, 10:27:21 PM »
I got the EOS-M 18-55 + flash for $419.  I've since picked up the EF-M 22 f/2 from ebay for $124.  I have to say, I am really very happy with the system. It's size is a little awkward, but what a great compact system.  The IQ and ISO/noise performance is similar to my 7D.  I am very happy and can't wait to buy the adaptor so I can travel with it as my back up body to my 5DIII. 

But I stumbled across the flaw with the EOS-M.  No built in camera flash.  I think the M is great for those of us with DSLRs and flashes.  The 90 ex works well.  But my mom was visiting this weekend and was tempted to buy one for herself.  At first, I thought it was a great idea and was showing her all the touch screen stuff and some sharp images.  She used to shoot film SLRs so she kind of liked it was more than a P&S in size.  But as soon as we started talking about her using it everywhere, shooting indoors, and she wanted the zoom, so she would need the flash and then I looked at her and recommended the Sony or the Olympus.  The M without a built in flash just won't work for most people's "do everything" camera.   

So, I can accept my M with it's flaws.  I've bought into the Canon system and it is a great compliment to my kit.  The IQ is shockingly good for a small camera.  But for those that haven't bought into the Canon system, there are simply better options out there...

EOS Bodies / Re: The last Canon crop sensor - ever
« on: August 09, 2013, 12:06:20 PM »
It's the one thing that bugs me on this forum.  That you can only aspire to full frame.  That you can only aspire to the most expensive best of kit.

It does seem to get a little ridiculous sometimes, doesn't it?

It does indeed.

If one were to look at sales numbers, profitability and general trends in technology, a much better case could be made that full frame is the format that is heading toward oblivion.

Trend: Cell Phone Cameras – Research and development dollars are going into improving the sensors in cell phones, which has become the major feature differentiating the brands of cell phones. Cell phones are now the camera of choice for most of the population. Lessons learned in improving the quality of sensors for cell phones are much more applicable to APS-C and smaller sensors than to full frame sensors.

Trend: Mirrorless – In the mirrorless world, APS-C sensors are the big boys. Full frame mirrorless is a virtually non-existent niche market, but more and more manufacturers are turning to APS-C for their flagship mirrorless bodies.

Trend: Small DSLRs – Canon is at the leading edge here with the SL1. Whether or not other manufacturers follow is likely to depend on how successful they are. But, certainly it's an innovative approach that shows Canon is looking at ways to expand the appeal of their APS-C offerings.

Trend: Manufacturing Costs – APS-C remains cheaper to produce and the research dollars can be spread over a much broader base: EOS-M, SL1, Rebels, XXD and 7D. Canon only offers three full frame cameras and each has its own sensor.

Trend: Other Technologies – Software development is not standing still. Improvements in noise reduction, sharpness and resizing programming will further narrow the visible differences between APS-C and full frame.

Trend: Output – Already, most images live on computer screens. In fact, the vast majority of images probably live on cell phones. An iPad or similar tablet device is about the best you can expect for most of your images.

Trend: Output II – If a picture isn't living at 72-100 ppi on a tablet device, it's probably living in a self-published book, at a maximum size of about 11 or 12 inches (usually smaller) and with all the compromises of CMYK printing.

Trend: Output III – For that tiny fraction of images that finally end up as a print on someone's wall, the printing technology is also advancing and, like everything else, the emphasis is on getting the best possible output from APS-C and smaller format files.

I am not saying that full frame is dead or dying. But the truth is, if one wants to pursue this pointless argument, you need to look at all the trends, not just look at what camera manufacturers are doing as they try to capture a share of a relatively stagnant market.

Biggest trend?  Most people are now only viewing their photos on Facebook or other monitor driven device and the IQ of the monitor/device is a major limiting factor in IQ and not necessarily the camera that takes the picture....

I don't think FF will die, but you can see the film FF market being very different from the digital FF market.

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